Architects’ Josh Middleton has just designed a radical new ESP body shape – and it’s the most metal guitar we’ve seen for quite some time

Josh Middleton's ESP custom shop guitar
(Image credit: Josh Middleton/Instagram)

Sylosis and Architects virtuoso Josh Middleton has taken to social media to show off his latest custom shop ESP electric guitar – and it’s caused quite a stir among six-string fans.

Why? Well, because it features a radical ESP body shape that Middleton himself drew back in 2020, and, perhaps more importantly, it might just be one the most metal guitars we’ve seen in quite a while.

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Matt Owen
Senior Staff Writer,

Matt is a Senior Staff Writer, writing for Guitar World, Guitarist and Total Guitar. He has a Masters in the guitar, a degree in history, and has spent the last 16 years playing everything from blues and jazz to indie and pop. When he’s not combining his passion for writing and music during his day job, Matt records for a number of UK-based bands and songwriters as a session musician.